Man pleads guilty to assaulting hospital staff

A homeless man from Qikiqtarjuaq has pleaded guilty to assaulting two hospital staff members. Another man accused of attacking a hospital staff member is waiting for a court appearance.


Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A man accused of assaulting a nurse and a doctor at the Baffin Regional Hospital has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault.

Jimmy Audlakiak of Qikiqtarjuaq entered the pleas before an Iqaluit justice of the peace last week.

Audlakiak assaulted hospital employees Audrey Hollingshead and Margaret Muirhead on April 27.

Justice of the Peace Bill Riddell has delayed sentencing until May 27, pending a pre-sentencing report.

Riddell wants Iqaluit’s department of health and social services to write a report on Audlakiak, who is homeless.

“I’m looking for some advice from the system,” Riddell said.

A pre-sentencing report may or may not include a psychological assessment, Riddell said.

Audlakiak also pleaded guilty to one count of causing a disturbance — a charge stemming from a Feb. 26 incident at the Baffin Regional Hospital when he swore and shouted. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting Ooleepeeka Gordon. Sentencing for those convictions is scheduled for May 27.

Audlakiak is also charged with one count of theft under $5,000, and failure to comply with a probation order.

Audlakiak will be held at the Baffin Correctional Centre until his senencing hearing.

The hospital’s chief executive officer, Jarvis Hoult, said round-the-clock security would be imposed at the hospital on weekends following the two assaults by Audlakiak on April 27 and an attack against a nurse on April 30 committed by another man.

Police have charged Iqaluit resident Johnny Mangitak, 23, with one count of assault. He is scheduled to appear in court May 28.

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